Caroline P Murphy's biography of the most brilliant and celebrated woman of Renaissance Florence.
Read by Fenella Woolgar.Charming and witty, intelligent and wealthy, Princess Isabella was worshipped by her father and allowed a freedom experienced by few, if any, Renaissance women.
Isabella is now a young woman and Cosimo must find a husband for his beloved daughter.
But the match proves to be more about family politics than true love.
Isabella's marriage to Paolo is proving unfulfilling and her husband is absent more often than not.
But a welcome distraction arrives in the form of the handsome young soldier Troilo.
Isabella becomes close to Leonora, betrothed to her brother Pietro.
Cosimo causes outrage within the family by secretly marrying his mistress.
When her beloved father dies and is succeeded by her brother Francesco, Isabella's life takes a very different and tragic turn.